Apple Blossom Festival Art Show and Reception
The 48th annual Apple Blossom Festival Art Show, an exhibition by members of the Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County (AWS), will open with a reception on Friday, April 15 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street. Admission to the reception is free, and wine and appetizers will be served. The exhibition continues on Saturday, April 16, from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday, April 17, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Entrance to the art show is included in the Apple Blossom Festival admission.
The Apple Blossom Festival Art Show has been a decades long tradition in Sebastopol. With more than 100 original paintings, drawings and photographs ranging from rural landscapes to experimental abstracts, there is something for every visitor and family to enjoy. Nearly all the artworks are for sale, and a section of the show features small artworks at very affordable prices. Visitors will have a chance to win a painting by last year’s top award-winning artists by purchasing a raffle ticket.
This year the Apple Blossom Festival Art Show will be displayed for the first time in the Sebastopol Center for the Arts auditorium space. The AWS artists are excited to have this opportunity to show their artworks with professional gallery lighting and expanded exhibit space. AWS is proud to partner with the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and is grateful for their sponsorship.
The art show’s judge this year is Bodega Bay artist Jean Warren. Warren is an accomplished professional watercolorist, with a B.A. in Art Education. She has taught art at the elementary and adult levels and currently teaches a watercolor class at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Her work is included in many public and corporate collections as well as private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Warren’s paintings have been featured in numerous publications, and she is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the California Watercolor Association.
The judge will give awards in the categories of oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media and photography, as well as Best of Show and second place Founders’ Award. As always, the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites. The piece that receives the most popular votes earns an award for the artist, and visitors’ comments and votes mean a lot to the artists.
The non-profit Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County was founded in 1965 and has continued to meet monthly in Sebastopol for 51 years, presenting guest artist demonstrations, figure drawing sessions, critiques by well-known artists, paint-outs and networking opportunities. Meetings are open to the public for a $5 donation. The artists of AWS include professionals as well as beginners in a full spectrum of artistic media. The mix of old and new members contributes to the organization’s longevity and freshness, along with the support, fellowship and activities it provides to both novice and seasoned artists. The group is currently seeking new members and membership information will be available at the show.
Be sure to stop by the art show while you’re at the Apple Blossom Festival in Sebastopol this year. You will like what you see!
For more information about AWS, visit www.facebook.com/AWSArtWorkshop or http://www.awsomeart.org. For more information about the Apple Blossom Festival, visit the official website at http://www.appleblossomfest.com .
2016 Student's Art Postcards
The 2016 art show is again sponsored by St. Joseph Health Annadel Medical Group. Students from a variety of local schools will submit oversized postcard size artwork on display on the lawn in front of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at the Festival this year!